Changes to Active Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Filing

If you are not making any changes and are only renewing a Fictitious Business Name, please visit our Renewal information page.

When to file a new Fictitious Business Name

Per Business and Professions Code §17920(b) except as provided in Section 17923 , a Fictitious Business Name Statement expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913, except that a change in the residence address of an individual, general partner, or trustee does not cause the statement to expire.

Below are examples of changes to an active filing that may be subject to a new Fictitious Business Name filing. If you are subject, you should file a new application within 40 days of the change.

  1. Changes to the way you are conducting business (for definitions see Registrant Requirements
  2. Changes to the physical address where the business is located
  3. Adding or removing registered owners

Visit Fictitious Business Name Fees to download applications and view filing fees.

These examples are intended to assist you in completing the Fictitious Business Name application and is not intended to provide exact legal definitions under California law or to supplant the need to consult an attorney. Our staff is prohibited from rendering legal advice or assistance ( Govt. Code §24004 ). You may wish to consult an attorney or an accountant.